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B Moments, changes

God Knows the Moment Your Heart Changes

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Psalm 139:2 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God knows when your heart changes.

This is something I reflected on as I read about Rahab. More specifically, I was comforted by her story because it made clear how much God knows our hearts.

Rahab was a prostitute who lived in Jericho. Before Joshua ultimately conquered the town of Jericho, he sent two spies in advance, and Rahab allowed the spies to hide in her house.

While the spies were there, she talked to them about their God, saying she had heard all about their God of both heaven and Earth. She talked with them so passionately that it was almost as if she wanted their God to become her God as well.

A month later, Joshua returned to conquer the entire town of Jericho. In the chaos, Rahab and her family were spared.

Reading about this inspired me because not only did God know Rahab’s heart had changed, but He knew the moment she made the switch and desired Him more than her lifestyle.

I think it’s important for us to be inspired that we serve a God who is intimately aware of our hearts and even knows the actions we may end up taking next. As you think about that, hold onto these few words: “You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.” Psalm 139:2 (ESV)

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So today, be encouraged that God knows when your heart changes.

B Moments, minority

Your Minority Is the Majority with God

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Mark 10:31 (NKJV)

Today, I am thinking about what it feels like to be in the minority.

When you’re in the minority for a belief, it can be frustrating that most of those around you believe one thing and you believe another. You might even expend a lot of energy trying to convince them to see things your way.

I thought about this when I read about Moses, who sent out twelve spies to survey the Promised Land. After forty days of investigating the land, ten of the spies returned to tell him that the land itself was good, but there was absolutely no way they could overcome the people who occupied the land.

However, the last two spies were Joshua and Caleb, and they saw things very differently. They put more stock in God’s promise and less in what they saw with their natural eyes. In other words, they saw that the Amalekites, who lived in the Promised Land at the time, were giants, but they also knew that, in God’s strength, they could defeat those giants.

Yet Joshua and Caleb were definitely in the minority.

Sometimes I need to be encouraged when I’m steadily trying to remind those around me to see things differently. One thing that helps me cling to my belief is a saying I heard once and never forgot. It goes, “Keep your faith because one with God is, in fact, a majority.”

Remember that saying as you cling to these few words: “But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” Mark 10:31 (NKJV)

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So today, know that your minority is really a majority.

B Moments, give

Remember to Give God the Glory

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Romans 11:36 (NIV)

Today, I am remembering to give God the glory.

This holiday season, I’ve been talking a lot about the importance of giving. The highest form of giving is to give God the glory. All that you have accomplished this year, and all you will accomplish in the next, won’t be done in your strength alone.

Sometimes, we can be so overjoyed with our victories that we can forget to give God the glory. This is the classic case of being caught up in our own strength. This was precisely the case with Joshua and the Israelites.

As Joshua was leading the Israelites toward Jericho, he needed the walls surrounding the town to come down. When they fell, Joshua knew that it was God and God alone who caused the walls to come down.

The Israelites, however, became overconfident in their own strength. When they embarked upon their very next battle, they suffered a horrible defeat. Through their story, it is clear that when we focus on our own power and forget to acknowledge that it was God’s strength working through us, we can suffer defeat.

If you’re finishing 2017 strong, or you have great things on the horizon in the new year, remember to give God the glory first. As you do so, keep these words on your heart: “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever!” Romans 11:36 (NIV)

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So today, remember it is God’s strength working through you, so give Him the glory.

B Moments, uncertain

In Uncertain Times, Turn to God’s Word

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Psalm 119:105 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today I am reminding myself that when things seem uncertain, God’s word is always certain.

Lately things have been feeling topsy-turvy for me. One week things seem to be on track, and the next week, these same things seem to be off track.

During these times, I must remember that what is constant at all times is God’s word. This reminds me of the time when Joshua divided up sections of the Promised Land for the various tribes of Israel.

Prior to this, these tribes had fought for seven long years. Town after town, stronghold after stronghold, they fought and conquered to rid the towns of all pagan activities.

Then one day, it happened. The fighting was over, and victory was theirs!

However, it is tough to deal with an indefinite battle. On one hand, these tribes clung to God’s word, but they also had no idea when everything was going to come to pass. They didn’t know the day or hour that victory would be theirs.

The key in this situation is to shift the energy from trying to figure out the uncertainty of matters, such as when or how it will all come to pass, and instead focus on what is certain, which is God’s word.

Today, think about a situation in your life that has an uncertain timeline and is taking a lot of your energy. Then, begin to make an energy shift to focus on God’s word instead of the unknown.

As you do so, cling to these words: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105 (ESV)

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So today, shift your energy from the uncertain to the certain—God’s word.

B Moment, changes

Be Encouraged: God Knows When Your Heart Changes

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Psalm 139:2 (ESV)

Today I am thinking about how God knows when your heart changes.

Sometimes, I can be hard on myself when I believe I have fallen short. It’s a classic case of knowing better, yet feeling as though I am not yet doing better. This is something I especially reflected on while reading about Rahab.

I was comforted after reading Rahab’s story because I realized just how much God knows our hearts.

Rahab was a prostitute who lived in Jericho. Before Joshua ultimately conquered Jericho, he sent two spies in advance, and Rahab allowed the spies to hide in her house.

While the spies were there, she talked to them about their God, saying she had heard all about their God of both heaven and Earth.

She talked with them so passionately that it was almost as if she wanted their God to become her God as well.

A month later, Joshua returned to conquer the entire town of Jericho. In the chaos, Rahab and her family were spared.

Hearing this inspired me because not only did God know Rahab’s heart, but He knew when she had a change of heart and began to desire to know Him better.

Therefore, let us be inspired that we serve a God who is intimately aware of us, our hearts, and the actions we may take next. Let us cling to these words: “You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.” Psalm 139:2 (ESV)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, be encouraged that God knows when your heart changes even if your actions don’t fully reflect this change just yet.

B Moments, full circle

Let Your Heart Come Full Circle

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Ezekiel 11:19 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about when our hearts come full circle.

We are wrapping up our before and after series of our spiritual growth. We’ve taken a before and after look at how our prayers have evolved over time and how our priorities have shifted.

Now, we are reflecting on when our hearts have been touched and changed for the better, which reminds me of Rahab’s story. Rahab was a prostitute who lived in Jericho. Before Joshua ultimately conquered Jericho, he sent two spies in advance, and Rahab allowed the spies to hide in her house.

While the spies were there, she talked with them about the Lord, saying she had heard all about their God of both heaven and Earth. She talked with them so passionately that it was almost as if she wanted their God to become her God as well.

The heart in Rahab that had once inclined her to sell her body now yearned to be open to explore what God had in store for her. Rahab’s heart had come full circle, and God knew that. A month later, Joshua returned to conquer the entire town of Jericho. In all the chaos, Rahab and her family were spared.

When did you have a closed heart about a situation? Is it open now? Take a moment to celebrate your progress, and let that be confirmation that God is continually working in your life. As you do that, remember these words: “I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 11:19 (ESV)

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So today, let your heart come full circle.

B Moments, definite

Shift Your Energy to the Definite

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Psalm 37:4 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about how the battle may be indefinite, but God’s word is always definite.

Recently, I read in the book of Joshua about the way in which Joshua finally divided up sections of the Promised Land for the various tribes of Israel.

Prior to this, these tribes fought for seven long years. Town after town, stronghold after stronghold, they fought and conquered to rid the towns of all pagan activities.

Then one day, it happened. The fighting was over, and victory was theirs!

However, it is tough to deal with an indefinite battle. On one hand, these tribes clung to God’s word, but they also had no idea when everything was going to come to pass. They didn’t know the day or hour that victory would be theirs.

The key in this situation is to shift the energy from trying to figure out the indefinite, such as when or how it will all come to pass, and instead focus on the definite, which is God’s word.

Today, think about a situation in your life that has an indefinite timeline and is taking a lot of your energy. Then, begin to make an energy shift to focus on God’s word instead of the unknown.

As you do so, cling to these words: “Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 (NIV)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, shift your energy from the indefinite, to the definite of God’s word.

B Moments, glory

To Succeed, Give God the Glory

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Romans 11:36 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about the importance of remembering to give God the glory.

Recently, I’ve been talking about how we can accomplish great things in God’s strength. Yet sometimes, we can become so overjoyed with our victories, or that a certain situation is resolved, that we forget to genuinely give God the glory. Instead, we get caught up in our own strength.

When we turn to the Scriptures, we see this was precisely the case with Joshua and the Israelites. As Joshua was leading the Israelites toward Jericho, he needed the walls surrounding the town to come down.

Incredibly, they did, indeed, come down. 

When they fell, Joshua knew that it was God and God alone that caused the walls to come down.

Yet on the contrary, the Israelites became overconfident in their own strength, and when they embarked upon their very next battle, they suffered a horrible defeat. It is clear that when we focus on our own power and forget to acknowledge that it was God’s strength working through us the whole time, we suffer defeat.

The next time we need to be reminded to give God the glory, let us cling to these words: “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever!” Romans 11:36 (NIV)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, remember it is God’s strength working through you, so don’t forget to give Him the glory.

B Moments, minority

Be Confident in Your Minority Position

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: 1 Peter 3:15 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about what it feels like to be in the minority.

When you’re in the minority for a belief, it can be frustrating that most of those around you believe one thing and you believe another. You might even expend a lot of energy trying to convince them to see things your way.

I began thinking of this as I was reading about Moses, who sent out twelve spies to survey the Promised Land. After forty days of investigating the land, ten of the spies returned to tell him that the land itself was good, but there was absolutely no way they could overcome the people who occupied the land.

However, the last two spies were Joshua and Caleb, and they saw things very differently. They put more stock in God’s promise and less in what they saw with the natural eye. In other words, they saw that the people living in the Promised Land (the Amalekites) were giants, but they also knew that, in God’s strength, they could defeat those giants.

Yet Joshua and Caleb were definitely in the minority.

Sometimes I need to be encouraged when I’m steadily trying to remind those around me to see things differently, or to encourage them to believe that things will ultimately work out. One thing that helps me cling to my belief is a saying I heard once and never forgot. It goes, “Keep your faith because one with God is, in fact, a majority.”

Let us also cling to these words when we need to be reminded that we are a majority: “In your hearts, honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:15 (ESV)

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So today, know that your minority is really a majority.

B Moments, discipleship

Encourage Discipleship Rather Than Dependence

B Moments, discipleship

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Luke 6:40 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the difference between discipleship and dependence. I began pondering this during my recent visit to my 97-year-old grandmother, Millie, in Denver.

She has always been an advocate of handling all business affairs well before her death so that we don’t have any surprises. That way, we’re not dependent, or like deer in headlights when her transition occurs. Instead, we will focus on continuing the values and the foundation that she has laid out for our family.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about the instructions God gave to Moses about the same situation. God told him to lay his hand on Joshua so that God’s work would not falter or go by the wayside when Moses made his transition.

What’s critical in the time of transition is that we prepare people to fill the space that is left, instead of becoming dependent after the transition.

Therefore, I find these words comforting to me as I think about raising my own children and passing a torch on to them: “A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher.” Luke 6:40 (ESV)

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So today, let us inspire a spirit of discipleship rather than one of dependence.